Photo 1: Lithops lesliei subsp. lesliei in flower (Photo DP van Rensburg)
Plant adaptations are fascinating and intriguing. A very advanced and interesting adaption is mimicry. Mimicry can happen in different forms, in certain flowering plants, especially orchids, it can imitate insect pollinators, and some plants have flowers with a scent similar to rotting flesh. Others, like the mimicry succulents (for example Lithops lesliei, Photo 1), have adapted to merge perfectly with the habitat in which they grow (Photo 2).